PFT’s 2019 season predictions

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When it comes to NFL predictions, there are two kinds of NFL predictors. Those who believe that the Patriots won’t be in the Super Bowl, and those who are rational.

The Patriots have been in four of the last five Super Bowls, and but for a missed extra point in early 2016 they may have been in five of the last five.

Sure, it’s fun to think of a more wide open NFL (unless you’re a Patriots fan). But the Patriots are in the midst of what eventually will be remembered as the greatest run of excellence in the history of pro football. So when predicting how one of the seasons played during that run will play out, you can either resist this reality.

Or you can be rational.

As the following predictions for the 2019 playoffs illustrate, only two of the PFT writers are rational.

That said, none of us are flat-out bonkers — all six contributors have the Patriots extending their run of AFC Championship appearances to nine in a row. For all the playoff picks, read and scroll. Read and scroll.

Josh Alper

AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Texans; 4. Steelers; 5. Jaguars; 6. Browns

Wild card: Texans over Browns, Jaguars over Steelers.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Jaguars, Patriots over Texans.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.

NFC

1. Eagles; 2. Saints; 3. Rams; 4. Vikings; 5. Cowboys; 6. Seahawks

Wild card: Cowboys over Vikings, Seahawks over Rams.

Divisional round: Eagles over Seahawks, Cowboys over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Cowboys.

Super Bowl: Eagles over Chiefs.


Curtis Crabtree

AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Ravens; 4. Colts; 5. Browns; 6. Texans.

Wild card: Browns over Colts, Ravens over Texans.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Browns, Patriots over Ravens.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.

NFC

1. Eagles; 2. Rams; 3. Panthers; 4. Packers; 5. Seahawks; 6. Saints.

Wild card: Seahawks over Packers, Saints over Panthers.

Divisional round: Rams over Seahawks, Eagles over Saints.

Conference championship: Eagles over Rams.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Eagles.


Mike Florio

AFC

1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Jaguars; 4. Steelers; 5. Browns; 6. Jets.

Wild card: Jaguars over Jets, Steelers over Browns.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Jaguars over Chiefs.

Conference championship: Patriots over Jaguars.

NFC

1. Eagles; 2. Seahawks; 3. Bears; 4. Panthers; 5. Vikings; 6. Cowboys.

Wild card: Bears over Cowboys, Panthers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Eagles over Panthers, Seahawks over Bears.

Conference championship: Eagles over Seahawks.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Eagles.


Darin Gantt

AFC

1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Steelers; 4. Jaguars; 5. Chargers; 6. Texans.

Wild card: Chargers over Jaguars, Steelers over Texans.

Divisional round: Patriots over Chargers, Chiefs over Steelers.

Conference Championship: Patriots over Chiefs.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Rams; 3. Packers; 4. Eagles; 5. Panthers; 6. Vikings.

Wild card: Eagles over Panthers, Packers over Vikings.

Divisional round: Saints over Eagles, Rams over Packers.

Conference championship: Saints over Rams.

Super Bowl: Patriots over Saints.


Michael David Smith

AFC

1. Chiefs; 2. Patriots; 3. Browns; 4. Jaguars; 5. Chargers; 6. Steelers.

Wild card: Steelers over Browns, Chargers over Jaguars.

Divisional round: Chiefs over Steelers, Patriots over Chargers.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.

NFC

1. Saints; 2. Rams; 3. Eagles; 4. Bears; 5. Cowboys; 6. Vikings.

Wild card: Eagles over Vikings, Cowboys over Bears.

Divisional round: Rams over Eagles, Saints over Cowboys.

Conference championship: Saints over Rams.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Saints.


Charean Williams

AFC
1. Patriots; 2. Chiefs; 3. Jaguars; 4. Ravens; 5. Steelers; 6. Browns

Wild card: Jaguars over Browns, Steelers over Ravens.

Divisional round: Patriots over Steelers, Chiefs over Jaguars.

Conference championship: Chiefs over Patriots.

NFC

1. Cowboys; 2. Saints; 3. Rams; 4. Vikings; 5. Eagles; 6. Seahawks

Wild card: Seahawks over Rams, Eagles over Vikings.

Divisional round: Eagles over Saints, Cowboys over Seahawks.

Conference championship: Cowboys over Eagles.

Super Bowl: Chiefs over Cowboys.

128 responses to “PFT’s 2019 season predictions

  1. Somebody is drinking the Eagles’ Kool-Aid…make that everyone here making a prediction. Last season’s 9-7 record really inspired you guys, huh ?

  2. No one has the Falcons in the playoffs? This is probably the best Falcons team since Matt Ryan has been the QB.

  3. So some prognosticators believe the eagles backup qbs will lead them to another Super Bowl ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yeah ok !!!!

  4. Thanks for confirming your hate for the Rams, Florio. Every other person picked them to at least be a wild-card team. But, we’ll just add this to the long list of things you’ve been wrong about. Nothing to see here.

  5. 6 people making predictions, and only 2 of them have the Bears making the playoffs? And of those 2 that did predict the Bears to make the playoffs, there is only one playoff win between them? WOW!

    They return basically everyone on defense, except Adrian Amos. Clinton-Dix isn’t as good as Amos, but Mack played his first game as a Bear only a week before the season started. Roquan Smith held out his rookie year and missed valuable time in camp and still led the team in tackles. Leonard Floyd played the first quarter of the season with a cast on his hand. Vic Fangio is gone, but Chuck Pagano replaced him. Hands down the best defense in the league to start the season. Meanwhile, Trubisky is in year two learning the Nagy offense. He’s also in year two of getting to know all of his receivers and getting his timing down with them. Gone is the predictable offense whenever Jordan Howard was in the lineup. Montgomery, Davis and Cohen can all catch the ball out of the backfield. I’m not predicting Super Bowl necessarily, but this team went 12-4 last year, and that includes the flukiest/greatest come back in Packers history in week 1, a cheesy loss to the Patriots that included a Cordarelle Patterson kick return and a pick off return for another touchdown. The other two losses were overtime games. If it weren’t for Cody “Clank” Parkey, the Bears may have been playing in the Super Bowl last year.

  6. The LA Chargers have few fans. They can’t go far much longer with no fan base. They’re trying desperately to get former San Diego fans who live in Orange County. Not happening because they are the LA Chargers and OC residents won’t go up there for a game and only casually follow them on TV.

  7. Oh wait, this is the same group that predicted that the Bears were a bottom 5 team last year. Nevermind! I will enjoy them all proving you wrong again this year.

  8. chrisg5988 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:36 am
    Miami Dolphins are going 0-16
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    there…fixed it for you…

  9. “the Packers certainty aren’t beating the Vikes in the playoffs. Why? Because GB won’t even sniff the playoffs let alone be playing in them.”

    And you know this how? you know nothing about how the Packers new offense will perform but you do know that Aaron Rodgers,the best qb in the league, will be the meistro of this new offense and that is scary for any team.then you have the Packer defense with four new, far more talented players plus all that were out injured last season. not make the playoffs?NFC North Champions.

  10. An almost complete lack of love for Chicago Bears (only 2 of 6 columnists picked them to even make the playoffs in NFC). Barring major injuries (Mack, etc.) …Bears should at least still make playoffs and if Trubisky makes the leap, a SB contender out of NFC. Only potential competition in their division is Packers (purely because of Rodgers existence). Whatever… “experts”.

  11. I can’t wait to read all the “Chiefs/Mahomes will come back to Earth” comments. Should be good for a Tuesday morning laugh.

    -Top 5 Head Coach: Check.
    -Generational Talent at QB who’s only going to get better with every snap: Check
    -Revamped defense with a Super Bowl winning proven leader & several new play makers: Check
    -Motivated roster that now has a taste of championship game experience: Check

    Yep, it’s all going to come crashing down this year. Looking forward to the flames.

  12. No one can truly believe in the Vikings.

    They’re one of the longest running jokes in the NFL. At least you all were pretty real when you picked that they’d lose their first playoff game. Because that’s what they do. They lost playoff games.

    lol

  13. An almost complete lack of love for Chicago Bears (only 2 of 6 columnists picked them to even make the playoffs in NFC)? OK. Barring major injuries, that’s just dumb but whatever. Thanks “experts”.

  14. erikthepurple says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:45 am
    Vikes will win it all. I guarantee it!

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    I haven’t laughed this hard since the Vikings forgot to hand their draft selection in on time and lost it!!!! Thanks for making my day!!!!!!!

  15. I wouldn’t mind seeing the Saints and Chargers play in the Super Bowl and the Chargers finally win one for Phillip Rivers.

  16. What????????? You guys didn’t have the Raiders winning the Super Bowl???!!!
    They have the greatest analyst and head coach in NFL history and the best GM, and they have Antonio “Helmet Man” Brown, and you don’t think they’ll win it all??????
    You guys need to sit down across from Jon Gruden and learn something!!

  17. Fans react angrily when they chose to read predictions of the future. They expected it to be a mind reading piece and writers were suppose to predict how the fans themselves saw the season personally playing out.

  18. I’m fascinated to see how the predictions for the NFC North came out because I see it as the most competitive division. The Bears, Packers, and Vikings each got two votes as division champion. The Vikings had three votes for a wildcard spot but the other two teams got none, so I don’t know if that means the Vikings are seen as the overall best team in the division or if it means they’re most likely to be a wildcard.

    Only two playoff wins predicted for the division, and one of those was when two teams from the division were playing each other. I’d say whichever team is able to come out on top in this division will be very strong and should have a good chance to win a couple games in the playoffs.

  19. I guess I cannot take off my hater glasses, but I really do not see where all this love for the Eagles is coming from? I see them maybe challenging Dallas as a wild card, but that is best case. I think Wentz will either under perform or get hurt. There is no way they win a SB. There is a legit argument that they are not even a top 10 team.

  20. How can the Chiefs fall apart “then” make the Super Bowl? Words matter…

    More weapons on offense, a decent defensive coordinator and adding a better defense that includes Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu…

  21. Last year was the year to beat the Pats. It was frankly a weak team. Picking any of the top 3-4 teams of the AFC was realistic.

    Still no one could do it when it counted. Am I shocked? Nah, nothing will shock me after the Atlanta SB. BB/TB are just hard to beat, even if you gave them a Div III school roster to work with.

    This year is not a weak team. This is the best offense I’ve seen them have for a long time. Because it wasn’t shown off in the preseason people have forgotten just how insane the backfield is. Just how dominant DT and Flash can be. If just one of those two reverts to form…. if both do? If the Rookie comes back and is good? Oh and Edelman. They can pound it, they can throw it, and more brains than any other team. The potential to win ugly, win a shootout or any other way needed is there. A swiss army knife, just the way BB likes it. But Gronk? They have already won a ton of games without Gronk. There is nothing new there. I loved the guy, but he has not been on the field all that much on the back side of his career.
    This is the best defense since 04. You can’t throw deep, the LB core is solid, and up front is dominant. If they continue with the philosophy from last years playoffs, opposing QB’s are going to have some long days.
    There is the potential to not only be a good team, but if it all lines up to be a juggernaut. They might not put on the points of 07, but this looks like the most well rounded and talent heavy team BB has had in a long time.

    Oh and Brady.

  22. Where are the Giants??? Eli personally won two SB rings and now he is not even a wild card possibility?? is this how far he has fallen from grace???

  23. romeisfallingagain says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:56 am
    I can’t wait to read all the “Chiefs/Mahomes will come back to Earth” comments. Should be good for a Tuesday morning laugh.

    -Top 5 Head Coach: Check.
    -Generational Talent at QB who’s only going to get better with every snap: Check
    -Revamped defense with a Super Bowl winning proven leader & several new play makers: Check
    -Motivated roster that now has a taste of championship game experience: Check

    Yep, it’s all going to come crashing down this year. Looking forward to the flames.

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    The Chiefs will never win a Super Bowl with Andy Reid as head coach. Check.

  24. All these Bears fans flipping out over the temerity and unmitigated gall of some predictors to not have the Bears in the playoffs remind me a lot of me a year ago if anyone said the Vikings wouldn’t make the playoffs. The 2017 Vikings were a lot better than the 2018 Bears and they actually improved their team (on paper) over the offseason. One thing they have in common is the Vikings lost their offensive coordinator and the Bears lost their defensive coordinator.

    This is the NFL, people. Other than the Patriots, you never know what’s going to happen.

  25. No love for the Titans, who improved over the offseason while the Texans and Colts have lost key pieces to injury/retirement/trades. It’s like they typed this up in July.

  26. Anyone thinking that Spags is still a good D coordinator obviously hasn’t watched his career unfold since his first stint with the Giants. He defenses have been atrocious ever since then.

  27. filmex2000 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:32 am
    Somebody is drinking the Eagles’ Kool-Aid…make that everyone here making a prediction. Last season’s 9-7 record really inspired you guys, huh ?
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    Well, considering the FACT that philly had tons of injuries last season and still almost reached the title game, I dont think prediction of the eagles being good this year are that absurd. I remember hearing there was only one team in the league that had more injured players miss more snaps than philly and that team was one of the worst in the league. Just sayin’. Not excuses, just facts. This team has a bunch of players that are super bowl winners.

  28. Wow, is right there. Settle Yettle!

    These are nationally focused media members making high-level guessetimates. Plenty of NFL teams have a bad season followed by good, especially if the strength-of-schedule factors in….which many pundits believe De Beeahs may struggle with.

    Year 2 of Nagy’s system is also year 2 of gametape that opposing defenses get to evaluate & game-plan for on both play-calling & execution tendencies. Some also think the defense may not be as good.

    Settle-in & enjoy the fact that the pundits do not believe in your squad.

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    dabears7190 says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:43 am
    6 people making predictions, and only 2 of them have the Bears making the playoffs? And of those 2 that did predict the Bears to make the playoffs, there is only one playoff win between them? WOW!

    They return basically everyone on defense, except Adrian Amos. Clinton-Dix isn’t as good as Amos, but Mack played his first game as a Bear only a week before the season started. Roquan Smith held out his rookie year and missed valuable time in camp and still led the team in tackles. Leonard Floyd played the first quarter of the season with a cast on his hand. Vic Fangio is gone, but Chuck Pagano replaced him. Hands down the best defense in the league to start the season. Meanwhile, Trubisky is in year two learning the Nagy offense. He’s also in year two of getting to know all of his receivers and getting his timing down with them. Gone is the predictable offense whenever Jordan Howard was in the lineup. Montgomery, Davis and Cohen can all catch the ball out of the backfield. I’m not predicting Super Bowl necessarily, but this team went 12-4 last year, and that includes the flukiest/greatest come back in Packers history in week 1, a cheesy loss to the Patriots that included a Cordarelle Patterson kick return and a pick off return for another touchdown. The other two losses were overtime games. If it weren’t for Cody “Clank” Parkey, the Bears may have been playing in the Super Bowl last year.

  29. whatnojets says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:35 am
    Where are the Giants??? Eli personally won two SB rings and now he is not even a wild card possibility?? is this how far he has fallen from grace???

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    Yes

  30. In the NFC, I feel like the Saints are not as good and will still have trouble mentally getting over the PI non call, which they obsessed over the entire offseason. The Rams aren’t mature enough to manage a Super Bowl hangover, and they will step back. Philly should get back to where they were two years ago. Dallas and Philly have a chance to fight it out for a seed. The Rams and Saints will still make the playoffs, but just saying they will lose a few more games along the way.

  31. Patriots (again) have the easiest schedule in football. Again. They’ll drive but they won’t be going to no SB. BB may be the master (not Brady, Bill) but they aren’t doing it. Patriots fans will have their typical chip on their should because 100% of people didn’t pick them. Waaah.

    I think the picks are solid. Like a previous poster I just can’t get behind the Jest though.

  32. Oh and as a Browns fan? I’ll just be happy if they make it. Think they will but whatever round they go out in…I’ll take it. I was around when they used to go to the AFCCG 3 out of 4 years. I would like ANY of that glory back.

  33. The idea that the Eagles could win the super bowl in 2017 despite injuries to key players in all phases of the game and then come within a missed pass of moving on to the NFCCG a year later despite another rash of season-ending injuries to key guys is testament enough to their ability to overcome adversity.

    But those of you doubting them haven’t been paying attention to what they’ve done to their roster this offseason. They’ve solidified every single area and have scary depth.

    They might not win it all, but they’re obvious contenders.

  34. CBS Sports has their week 1 Power Rankings out and the Green Bay Packers are #1.

    CBS Sports Senior Columnist Pete Prisco also picks the Packers and Patriots in the Super Bowl in Miami.

    Just thought I’d drop this little nugget in to trigger some of you more.😏

  35. Someone said it last year, that ” the Patriots would have crapped themselves” if the Eagles beat the Saints, because they “Could have beaten the Rams”.

    They also noted, the Eagles can score more than 13 on the Pats.

    The Pats would have been motivated-no doubt, as would the Eagles… So not far fetched to see that prognosticators are picking Chiefs-VERY close, Eagles, Saints, Rams and Pats…what we’d call the “usual suspects”…

    However,one more team to consider…

    Cleveland

    They could surprise the casual fan this year,

    …just sayin’ new year.

    …in the words of Gordo Cooper
    “You’re lookin’ at a whole new deal babe”

  36. The Chiefs High powered offence can only take them so far There defense isnt even a top 10 defense not sure how they will get past the Patriots and No love for the Bears kind of Shocked

  37. I don’t really care about anything other than the NFCN, and I think about the only logical accurate prediction on that division, other than Tokyo obsessing on the Vikings, is that the division champ likely won’t win more than 10 games. The Pack will be much better, the Bears will regress a bit (just a bit — don’t have acow Bears fans), the Lions’ D will improve, and who knows what the hell will happen with the Vikes.

  38. The Bills are better than the Jets. C’mon now. At least no one is sleeping on the Jaguars, that’s a good team down there. Anyone who thinks the Texans are making the playoffs probably needs to consider going to rehab.

  39. AFC:
    1. Patriots 2. Jaguars 3. Chargers 4. Browns 5. Chiefs 6. Texans
    Wild Card: Chargers over Texans, Chiefs over Browns
    Divisional: Patriots over Chiefs, Jaguars over Chargers
    Championship: Patriots over Jaguars

    NFC: 1. Packers 2. Rams 3. Panthers 4. Cowboys 5. Bears 6. Falcons
    Wild Card: Panthers over Falcons, Bears over Cowboys
    Divisional: Packers over Bears, Rams over Panthers
    Championship: Packers over Rams

    Super Bowl: Packers over Patriots

  40. itswhereyourmindsat says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:27 pm
    Patriots over chargers. Haven’t seen that one before

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    considering NE has laid waste to every paper tiger out there in the afc for 2 decades, yes we have seen it before

  41. This year’s Patriots team is much better all around than the last 3.

    they have improved In all three phases of the game….Offense, Defense, special teams

    Solid new coaches mixed with established older coaches

    No health issues coming out of camp ( 1 exception rookie WR )

    Proven new Defensive additions make up for any offseason losses

    Proven Pass catches returning

    super depth with solid middle of the pack back ups ( 1/3 would be starters on other teams)

    All Good reasons for being positive about the new season.

    The road to number 7 begins when we lower Banner number 6 Sunday night!

  42. superbearssuperbowl says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:13 am
    Wow. For so called experts, they’re showing a tremendous amount of disrespect to the Bears. More fuel for the fire. Bear down.
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    That’s probably just because the Bears going 12-4 last year, came out of nowhere, and it has been years since the Bears posted back to back winning seasons.

  43. This year’s Patriots team is much better all around than the last 3.

    They have improved In all three phases of the game….Offense, Defense, special teams

    Solid new coaches mixed with established older coaches

    No health issues coming out of camp ( 1 exception rookie WR )

    Proven new Defensive additions make up for any offseason losses

    Proven Pass catching Veteran’s returning.

    Super depth with solid middle of the pack back ups ( 1/3 would be starters on other teams) Couple early preseason trades for shoring up the o-line for example.

    All Good reasons for being positive about the new season.

    The road to number 7 begins when we lower Banner number 6 Sunday night!

  44. “-Top 5 Head Coach: Check.”

    Lol Reid is the worst clock manager in the league and that hurts his teams at crucial points in games. Not great at teaching fundamentals either as evidenced by Dee Ford lining up offsides at a crucial moment in the AFCC.

    Meanwhile Andy’s still saving the timeouts from OT in the AFCC “just in case”. You know, the ones that if he had used one to give his totally gassed D a break they might have stopped the Pats on one of those 3rd and 10s in OT.

    Who then went on to whine and cry about the mean ol’ rules and mean ol’ Pats instead of accepting responsibility for his team’s failures. Chiefs will never get to or win a SB under Reid. Feel bad for Mahomes he’s stuck in a whining culture instead of one of responsibility that would give him a real chance of being a champion

  45. They’re right though, if we get to the wild card round Cousins will surely gift wrap a pick-6 to lose the game, or at least two strip-sack fumbles. It’s the Kirk Cousins way. 84 million mistake.

  46. rideforjesus says:
    September 3, 2019 at 12:41 pm
    This year’s Patriots team is much better all around than the last 3.

    they have improved In all three phases of the game….Offense, Defense, special teams

    Solid new coaches mixed with established older coaches

    No health issues coming out of camp ( 1 exception rookie WR )

    Proven new Defensive additions make up for any offseason losses

    Proven Pass catches returning

    super depth with solid middle of the pack back ups ( 1/3 would be starters on other teams)

    All Good reasons for being positive about the new season.

    The road to number 7 begins when we lower Banner number 6 Sunday night!

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    I generally agree, but David Andrews is a loss. I don’t think it will be a long term issue, but you can’t ignore it.

    I also don’t think you can ignore the fact NE has had almost comical injury issues in the odd seasons dating back to 2009 in Week 17 when their one dimensional offense lost Welker.

    2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, etc, all featured just a constant barrage of injuries to key people from the get go.

    Cross those fingers, as it’s the only thing the Haters truly have to hang their hat on there.

  47. Charean Williams is a homer, and I respect that. I’ve long admired her as a reporter. But she has Dallas advancing to the Super Bowl only to lose to Kansas City? That would be a laugh riot.

    I don’t see the Cowboys winning more than ten games this season. Same clap-happy head coach, first-year offensive coordinator, strong up front on defense but weak in the secondary. Marinelli is a very good defensive coordinator, always gets the best out of his players, but any capable quarterback will slice and dice this defense six ways to Sunday. Moore is a huge question mark at offensive coordinator, as he has never called plays before and no one knows what kind of wrinkles he’ll add to the system. Garrett is just not capable as a head coach, but he is Jerry’s redheaded stepchild.

    Surveying the field, the teams to watch out for are the Rams, the Saints, the Bears, and believe it or not the Browns. The Giants might surprise, but I don’t see the Eagles, the Seahawks and the Vikings doing much of anything. The Patriots pretty much have a lock on the AFC, and while the Chiefs may improve, they’re too young a team to take it all the way.

    My guess would be Patriots vs. Saints in the Super Bowl. Now that would be a game.

  48. I love how some fans feel like their team is disrespected when they don’t get enough love from the “experts”. In reality, several teams in the NFC could make a case for being contenders – Vikings, Bears, Cowboys, Eagles, Falcons, Panthers, Saints, Seahawks, Rams, Packers all have a shot. Most of these teams are so close that’s it’s a toss up. The one that emerges victorious is the one that has the fewest injuries or is able to overcome those injuries. At this point, we have no idea who’s the best.

  49. Williams went to Texas A&M so no surprise she picked the Cowboys to win the Super Bowl…LOL!!! WON’T HAPPEN with their mediocre QB and a RB where its only a matter of time he will be suspended for some off the field activity…..

    Can’t believe all these picks for the Panthers to make the playoffs…what are they thinking…..????????????…OR maybe they are NOT thinking—-

    Andy Reid might be called a QB whisperer, but I think some defense coordinators have enough “film” and have now figured out a way to slow Mahomes down, and Andy doesn’t know a thing about defense.

  50. The bigger question is who does Roger want in the Superbowl? Another shot for the Rams? Maybe another big city team who needs an economic boost? Those pitiful Cowgirls? Those still angry purple people eaters?

    Signed
    “Robbed” Saints Fan

  51. How did that Chiefs over the Patriots work out for you last year? And I believe the Chiefs were playing at home. I also believe they lost to the Patriots twice. This may be the best New England team on both sides of the ball since it all began.

  52. So two years in a row you almost go 0-16. Then, you finally win 7 games and now everyone is jumping on the Browns bandwagon to be this awesome playoff team with all these Divas and a head coach who has never been a head coach at any level before who has to smooth their egos while manage the team at the same time. Meanwhile you still have the Steelers and Ravens in that division, but you are predicted all of a sudden to be the best in the division. I just don’t get it. I agree on paper they look good, but they aren’t going to gel.

  53. Wanted to comment on the post about the Bears being bad this year because “it’s Year 2 of Nagy’s system and everyone has the tape now”. Nagy’s system is the same system as Reid and Pederson. Has everyone figured them out? I don’t believe so. How many years has Sean Payton run his system? Everyone got that figured out? Two or three gimmick plays don’t make an offense or a defense. I think it is, at best, a spurious argument. Teams will be successful or not more based on the health of their team and the players execution and growth in the system.

  54. It figures that Florio would not even have the Saints in his top five..even though every other “expert” did. Does that make Florio an “expert”…I think not.

  55. If I had to pick I think I would go along with Darin Gantt. The Patriots are always a favorite and with Drew Brees getting older, he’s desperate to win one more SB before he retires.

  56. This is the best time of the year. This is what the NFL does best! Every fan thinks it could be their teams year.

  57. No way the vikings even sniff the playoffs. They’ll be out of it by week 8 and will be trading veterans before the trade deadline. hopefully spielman is fired before he can mess up anymore draft picks, and zimmer is fired midseason before he can cut any potential future players.

  58. Rob Brzezinski is a Magician says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:25 am
    I’m fascinated to see how the predictions for the NFC North came out because I see it as the most competitive division. The Bears, Packers, and Vikings each got two votes as division champion. The Vikings had three votes for a wildcard spot but the other two teams got none, so I don’t know if that means the Vikings are seen as the overall best team in the division or if it means they’re most likely to be a wildcard.

    Only two playoff wins predicted for the division, and one of those was when two teams from the division were playing each other. I’d say whichever team is able to come out on top in this division will be very strong and should have a good chance to win a couple games in the playoffs.
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    vikings are bar none the weakest team in that division. they will quit when the going gets tough, and it will get tough very quickly, as in week 1 at home when the falcons smoke them.

  59. So after a full season people still buy into “there’s film on Mahones now, coordinators will now figure him out”.

    You mean like they did when Mahomes and company blew out the colts in the playoffs? Or how the best coach of all time, BB, gave up 31 points to Mahomes in 2 quarters in the AFC championship game?

    I don’t expect Mahomes to pass for 50 TD’s again, but Teams can’t “figure out” Hill, Watson, Kelce and whatever RB KC puts back there. They’re just good, it’s not a fluke. Reid has a great scheme and as mentioned in the AFC Championship game, went from not scoring to lighting the scoreboard up.

  60. Bears fans have to realize their biggest problem is the same problem they’ve had since the Gale Sayers / Dick Butkus era. It’s their QB.

  61. Robert Bourrillion says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:05 am
    I only predict the Eagles to go far IF Wentz stays healthy.

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    Way to go out on a limb!!

  62. objectivefbfan says:
    September 3, 2019 at 11:59 am
    Patriots (again) have the easiest schedule in football. Again. They’ll drive but they won’t be going to no SB. BB may be the master (not Brady, Bill) but they aren’t doing it. Patriots fans will have their typical chip on their should because 100% of people didn’t pick them. Waaah.

    I think the picks are solid. Like a previous poster I just can’t get behind the Jest though.

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    Firstly, home and Away schedules are based on a rotation and two games a season are based on finishing position in your division. The only thing the scheduling folks do is figure out the order of the games.

    Second, since last years results are used to judge this years schedule, the idea of determining strength of schedule is bogus and meaningless as we generally have no idea who will be good and who will not before the season starts given two new teams at minimum make the playoffs in each conference every year.

    And thirdly, because the Patriots record from the previous year is very good, any one who plays them ends up with a bad strength of schedule and the Patriots schedule in contrast looks easier, because they don’t play themselves.

  63. nyneal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm
    Bears fans have to realize their biggest problem is the same problem they’ve had since the Gale Sayers / Dick Butkus era. It’s their QB.

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    They haven’t had a great QB since Sid Luckman and they never will find one because culturally they do not prioritize QB play. I think they see QB as a position that they just need basic competence. Running game and defense are what makes the Bears tick.

  64. jbaxt says:
    September 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    So after a full season people still buy into “there’s film on Mahones now, coordinators will now figure him out”.

    You mean like they did when Mahomes and company blew out the colts in the playoffs? Or how the best coach of all time, BB, gave up 31 points to Mahomes in 2 quarters in the AFC championship game?

    I don’t expect Mahomes to pass for 50 TD’s again, but Teams can’t “figure out” Hill, Watson, Kelce and whatever RB KC puts back there. They’re just good, it’s not a fluke. Reid has a great scheme and as mentioned in the AFC Championship game, went from not scoring to lighting the scoreboard up.

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    Exactly! Why is it so hard for people to understand this? There is no “figuring Mahomes out.” I’m so tired of seeing that phrase thrown around. He’s a generational talent at QB, both athletically and mentally. There’s nothing to figure out. He’s going to put up numbers year after year.

    You would think 5,100 yards, 50 TD, an MVP award and going toe to toe with Brady up to the last second in the AFC title game at the age of 23 (even playing with the worst defense in football behind him) would be enough to convince people of how good this kid is.

    Whatever. I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show this year.

  65. Eagles love is a bit weird. Wentz doesn’t stay healthy and they don’t have a Foles right there to pick them up. They’ll make the playoffs, but with Zeke back, I’d say its the Cowboys division to lose.

  66. nyneal says:
    September 3, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Bears fans have to realize their biggest problem is the same problem they’ve had since the Gale Sayers / Dick Butkus era. It’s their QB.

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    And you’ve determined this after one year in Nagy’s system? Maybe you should be reminded Trubisky didn’t miss the field goal vs Philly in the playoffs. Trubisky simply drove the Bears 40 yards down the field with just 43 seconds left to put them in position to win the playoff game. Too bad he didn’t have Adam Vinatieri.

    Trubisky (95.4/89.6) currently has a better quarterback rating than Tom Brady (86.5/77.3)in both the regular season and playoffs when comparing their first year in their system or their second year in the league.

  67. as a patriots fan I worry when everyone has them in the bowl preseason; fortunately all these experts will also pronounce them dead and buried at some point in the season. then i’ll feel better. and if they win it, they’ll all declare they never doubted them as if it isn’t on tape.

  68. Three of Six pick the Texans to miss the playoffs altogether?
    Dude, our HC/GM may have hosed our draft for years, but Andrew Luck retired.

  69. Any of these predictions that don’t culminate with the Patriots winning there 7th Lombardi this year are just foolish & a tad bit disrespectful!!!

  70. jbaxt says:
    September 3, 2019 at 2:41 pm
    So after a full season people still buy into “there’s film on Mahones now, coordinators will now figure him out”.

    You mean like they did when Mahomes and company blew out the colts in the playoffs? Or how the best coach of all time, BB, gave up 31 points to Mahomes in 2 quarters in the AFC championship game?

    I don’t expect Mahomes to pass for 50 TD’s again, but Teams can’t “figure out” Hill, Watson, Kelce and whatever RB KC puts back there. They’re just good, it’s not a fluke. Reid has a great scheme and as mentioned in the AFC Championship game, went from not scoring to lighting the scoreboard up.

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    I agree that teams can’t just figure out Mahomes. He really is that good and will be great this year. However, the Patriots proved you can take Hill and Kelce out of a game once Hunt was no longer on the roster. Not sure many teams have the personnel to do it, but teams will try to disrupt Kelce with a LB and bracket Hill the way the Patriots did.

    Mahomes proved he could still get points anyway, but it’s what teams will try to do.

  71. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 3, 2019 at 10:28 am
    Did Florio really pick the Jets to make the postseason?

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    He has them just snaking a wildcard at the end and not being able to do anything with it. Thats actually not out of the question.

  72. I think the Pats definitely make it back to the AFC Title game. Although, not sure it’s going to be against the Chiefs since their defense got worse. I’d have 1.Patriots, 2. Ravens/Steelers, 3. Chiefs, 4. Jaguars, 5. Ravens/Steelers, 6. Chargers. I think the Pats play either Steelers or Ravens in the title game with the Chiefs getting upset by the Chargers.

  73. Chiefs will not even make the playoffs.
    The media is picking them solely because they have a black QB.
    Patriots will win the SB again, over the Saints.
    Brees will cry about losing the SB.
    Brady will come back for the 2020 season.

  74. “Brady! What is best in life?”
    “To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of Rob Parker.”
    “That is good!”

  75. Gosh – how dare anyone pick another team besides the Patriots.

    I keep hearing Pats fans crow this is their “best team EVAH,” but I don’t see it. And they have a 42 year old at the helm.

    Sorry, but they’re likely to not even win the AFCE. No worries, Pats fans – a bit of humble pie will be good for ya…

  76. Gotta go with MDS as most accurate. No way two AFC south teams get in. The winner of that division might be 9-7 or 8-8. Two from AFC West and North make most sense. Dark horse candidate (literally) in lieu of Chargers for WC…Broncos, IF they stay healthy AND get some bounces. Their defense will be very good.

    NFC picks are common sensical, too. Cowboys aren’t all that, Zeke or no Zeke. Wentz needs to stay healthy, though. But Vikings and Cowboys as the WCs make sense. Atlanta may sneak in one of those spots instead of they can get their oline together.

  77. Too much love for the Jaguars. Personally don’t think they make playoffs. Starting offense is barely passable and they have ZERO depth, especially oline. Hope I’m wrong though!

  78. So anyone with the guts to pick someone other than the Patriots to win the Super Bowl is irrational? They shouldn’t have been IN the Super Bowl last year.

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